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Russian Opposition Leader Udaltsov Detained, Faces Fine

Police officers detain Russian opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov (center) in Moscow on August 9.
Sergei Udaltsov, the leader of Russia's opposition Left Front, has been detained near the Federal Investigative Committee headquarters in Moscow and charged with attempting to organize an unsanctioned rally.

Udaltsov was ordered to appear in court on August 16 where could be fined up to 30,000 rubles (about $950) under a recently passed law that stiffened penalties for organizing unsanctioned gatherings.

Udaltsov denied he was organizing a demonstration and claimed police apprehended him on August 9 almost as soon as he appeared near the Investigative Committee's building.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax